The finishing material will not work as well in the kitchen as tiles. They are unbeatable! Elegant, durable and easy to keep clean. Only advantages! Tiles, although they are primarily associated with interior design from several years ago, are still very fashionable. And practical! They not only decorate floors and walls, but are very easy to keep clean. They do not deteriorate as quickly as many other materials, and you only need to wipe them with a damp cloth to make them clean again!
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Kitchen tiles – the perfect solution for any apartment!
Kitchen tiles are usually placed on the floor and on the wall above the countertop, up to the height of the upper kitchen cabinets. They are often used to finish and restore a worn window sill. Sometimes they are also glued together in the dining area around the table to make it easier to keep the wall clean. They have a practical function, because they protect against moisture and dirt. You can wash them as often as you like. Even with strong detergents. But aesthetics is also important. The tiles are decorative, they only need to be matched to the color and style of the kitchens and, especially, to kitchen furniture . They come in different sizes and different quality. Others are recommended for the floor and others for the wall. What types of tiles can you use in your kitchen?
Wall tiles for the kitchen
The tiles on the wall in the kitchen are not only decorative, but also very practical. We can choose from:
- Small glaze tiles
Formerly the wall above the worktop Lectures have generally glaze tiles. They were small in size. Usually these were squares with a side of 10 cm, and even smaller ones – with a side of 5 cm. Some had irregular edges. There was a joint between them, sometimes quite wide. Manufacturers still offer such tiles. They often give the kitchen a slightly old-fashioned, homely, rustic style. Especially those with irregular edges or if some of them are decorated with fruit, coffee cups, etc. But there is also a small smooth glaze in stores that also fits in with a modern interior design . Currently, among small glaze tiles, bright rectangular tiles, similar in size to bricks, deserve attention for a kitchen wall. They are also best suited to retro kitchens. The only disadvantage of a small glaze is that then there are a lot of joints that are difficult to clean.
- Large wall-mounted kitchen tiles
They may be square, e.g. 20 x 20 cm or even larger, or rectangular. Currently, manufacturers offer many patterns of highly elongated rectangles with dimensions of 25 x 70 cm or even larger. Thanks to such glaze tiles , there are fewer joints on the wall . It’s easier to keep clean.
- Large stoneware wall tiles for the kitchen
They are similar in size to the glaze tiles. However, porcelain stoneware is thicker and more massive than glaze. Usually, the same porcelain tiles that are offered for the wall are also suitable for the floor, and vice versa. However, it is better to check with the seller in the store.
Kitchen floor tiles
As the floor in the kitchen should be resistant to abrasion, washing and impacts, tiles are perfect for finishing it. The choice of patterns and sizes is huge, but it is also worth considering whether to choose terracotta or porcelain tiles. If the choice is stoneware, another question arises – glazed and polished.
- Terracotta for the kitchen
Its surface is smooth, matte, semi-matt or shiny. It is not absorbent. To prevent the tiles from deteriorating for many years, you need to choose terracotta tiles of the 4th or 5th abrasion class. If it has a lower abrasion class, then in the most exploited places, e.g. at the sink, it will probably wipe after a few years.
- Glazed tiles
In appearance very similar to terracotta, but it is more massive, harder and more resistant to abrasion. Its hardness is comparable to that of granite. Water absorption is even lower than that of terracotta. It is easy to keep clean. It does not stain.
- Polished tiles
Otherwise porcelain stoneware. It is extremely effective due to its amazing shine. Its hardness is similar to that of glazed stoneware, but it is not stain resistant. Polishing opens micropores into which, for example, coffee, beetroot juice, etc. can penetrate . Before use, it is worth impregnating it.
Kitchen floor tiles: dimensions and shapes
The choice is huge. The most abundant is terracotta and stoneware for a square-shaped floor with sides from 20 cm to even 90 cm. But there are also rectangular-shaped tiles, imitating floorboards or parquet. It is now an equally fashionable pattern as large-format smooth polished stoneware tiles. Some tiles are rectified. This means that the edges can be laid in such a way that they can be laid without joints.
Kitchen tiles: design
White kitchen tiles are very fashionable, both on the wall and on the floor , sometimes slightly worn, imitating a board painted with white paint using the wiping method. They fit into Scandinavian-style interiors. There are also many patterns imitating stone or concrete. But there are also kitchen tiles with various decors . In construction supermarkets, even tiles resembling old Portuguese azulejo tiles with an exotic beauty have recently appeared.